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Civil War Patriotic Token dated "1863"

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Patriotic Civil War Token. It is the size of a penny and on one side there is George Washington surrounded by a wreath with the date “1863” below it. The other side also has a wreath with a patriotic shield inside of a 6-pointed star.

These tokens became illegal after the United States Congress passed a law on April 22, 1864 prohibiting the issue of any one or two-cent coins, tokens or devices for use as currency. On June 8, 1864 an additional law was passed that forbade all private coinage.

There were three types of tokens - store cards, patriotic tokens, and sutler tokens. All three types were utilized as currency, and are differentiated by their designs. This one is a patriotic token and being void of a denomination indicates it would be for one-cent. It was definitely in circulation during the war and although a little worn, everything is still pretty legible – a nice example, especially with the 1863 Gettysburg date.

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